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Inside NU's favorite stories of 2015

With 2015 coming to an end, we compiled some of our favorite stories into this page. On this page, you have what makes Inside NU so unique -- an engaging mix of in-depth and well-reported features, columns and analysis. From all of us at Inside NU, we hope you have enjoyed reading us this year as much as we have enjoyed writing.

DECEMBER - 2015

A man on a mission: The story of Matt Harris

For so many things in his life, Matt Harris wasn't ready, responsibility was thrust upon him when he was seemingly too young or inexperienced. Yet, every time time he's found a way to battle through it.

NOVEMBER - 2015
LAKEFRONT FACILITY

Student protesters interrupt Northwestern athletic facility groundbreaking ceremony

Over a hundred Northwestern students interrupted the school's ceremony for the groundbreaking of its new $260-million-dollar athletic facility, advocating "standing in solidarity with" minority students in light of events at the University of Missouri, Yale and others.

Nia Coffey hates to lose, and that's why she never has

Northwestern's star still has a lot she wants to prove.

OCTOBER - 2015

Quiet, confident and married, Tre Demps has grown up

From his viewpoint as a fifth-year senior, Tre Demps looks back and forward on his Northwestern basketball career.

Northwestern's Alex Olah is out to make his final season a great one

One of the most improved players in the Big Ten, Alex Olah's journey has been anything but typical.

Clayton Thorson is the even-keeled, stoic new face of NU football

And even as just a redshirt freshman, Thorson knows it.

Matt Frazier's journey back from medical misery

With numerous surgeries and hospital stays now behind him, Matt Frazier is back, ready to complete the dream that began over 10 years ago.

SEPTEMBER - 2015

Clayton Thorson leads 'new team' in victory over Stanford

In a 16-6 upset of Stanford, redshirt freshman quarterback turned the game in Northwestern's favor in one explosive play.

Northwestern defense makes up for offense's ineptitude in win over Duke

In September we could already sense that is was becoming the story of Northwestern's season.

AUGUST - 2015

Pat Fitzgerald's comfort zone

An exploration into the comfort level of a young coach who is about to spend his tenth season in his dream job.

Amid expectations, Christian Jones only has something to prove ‘to himself’

Coming back from a torn ACL, Christian Jones has had to reset before his senior year at Northwestern.

Film Room: What makes Justin Jackson so good?

Northwestern's top 2014 freshman retains his starting running back spot and could develop into one of the nation's top runners this season.

Northwestern Football Players' Union: NLRB denies CAPA

The National Labor Relations Board "declined to assert jurisdiction" on whether or not Northwestern's players have the right to unionize, and dismissed the petition.

JULY - 2015
BASEBALL

Spencer Allen's search for stability may end at Northwestern

New Northwestern baseball coach Spencer Allen is the first black head coach in Big Ten history. But that's not what defines him.

Joey van Zegeren: World traveler, NCAA Tourney dreamer

Basketball has taken Joey van Zegeren all around the world. Now, it's brought him to Evanston to bring Northwestern an NCAA Tournament berth.

Pat Fitzgerald Q&A: Fitz talks concussions, O'Bannon, LGBT athletes, Beckman and more

Fitz sat down with Inside NU to discuss multiple issues facing both himself and college football as a whole.

JUNE - 2015
SWIMMING

Jordan Wilimovsky's Olympic Dreams

Wilimovsky is our Northwestern Athlete of the Year. He'll also represent the United States in the 2016 Olympics. But even if you stood next to him or talked to him, you'd have no way of telling.

COLUMN

Trahan: Reflections on four years of Northwestern sports

Kevin Trahan, Inside NU's co-founder and former editor-in-chief, graduates this week from Northwestern. Here is his senior column.

MAY - 2015
BASEBALL

Paul Stevens, Northwestern, and the end of a long baseball marriage

After 31 years with the Northwestern baseball program, Stevens coached his final game Saturday.

In appreciation of a decade of dominance

A look back at one of the most impressive runs of all time, in any sport: the women's lacrosse empire Kelly Amonte Hiller built by the lake.

How choosing WWE over football saved Jack Schwaba

Jack Schwaba's medical retirement was a bit unusual. What he's pursuing now that football is over is even more so.

An inconvenient rebuilding year for NU football

What happens if Northwestern shows promise, but misses a bowl yet again?

APRIL - 2015

If you quit now…

When 7-year-old Kyle Prater came home from football practice one day and told his parents he wanted to quit football, his dad had a simple but resonant message for him: "If you quit now, you'll be quitting for the rest of your life." Those words defined his journey from five-star recruit to "bust" to, potentially, the NFL.

Drew Crawford Q & A: Part 1 and Part 2

Drew Crawford dishes on life in the D-League, his shot at an NBA call-up and his performance this season.

Meet Selena Lasota, the unlikeliest of lacrosse superstars

From her hometown — on an island off the west coast of Canada — to her childhood lacrosse opponents — boys — Selena Lasota's path to stardom couldn't be more unique.

"Put Your Hands up in the Air" must be put down

Traditions are great. Blatantly manufactured traditions aren't.

MARCH - 2015

After seven long years, Joe McKeown's Northwestern turnaround is complete

The legendary head coach came to Northwestern to take over a program in a dreadful state. After seven long years, he finally has the Wildcats back in the NCAA Tournament. And he's not done.

Danny and Tommy Vitale: Brothers, best friends and finally teammates

The Vitale brothers can't wait to be reunited next year at Northwestern.

Auston Anderson can't stop smiling

And when you're around him, neither can you.

Q&A with Northwestern offensive coordinator Mick McCall

Mick McCall discusses NU's quarterback competition, offensive philosophy and the importance of big plays.

FEBRUARY - 2015

A late night meeting, a zone, rap music and Northwestern's stunning turnaround

How Chris Collins and his staff altered the course of Northwestern's season.

WRESTLING

Meet Jason Tsirtsis, Northwestern's unrecognizable national champion

Despite becoming Northwestern wrestling's first freshman national champion last March, Jason Tsirtsis isn't a campus celebrity. In fact, he's anything but. But that suits him just fine.

Alex Cohen is stepping up on and off the court

Northwestern's senior center, who was recently named to the WBCA Good Works Team, has been at her best during Big Ten play.

JANUARY - 2015
SOCCER

Ambitious and unafraid, Tyler Miller testing European waters

The MLS Combine begins Friday, but Tyler Miller won't be in attendance. Instead, Northwestern's impenetrable goalkeeper is in Germany. And he could be there to stay.

Karly Roser's journey

Northwestern's senior captain has, perhaps more than most, endured the highs and the lows of a college basketball career. Now, as a senior, she’s pushing her team toward the ultimate high.